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Imagine if you will an online learning center that provides the information that you want, no need, about the built environment.  Wouldn't that be great?! That's what I want this site to become.  Now that may be a bold statement but what's life without a few goals.  So what I plan on doing over the next few months is developing a discipline or two at a time.  The pages of these disciplines will contain information from myself as well as other resources from the internet that I have found worth your while. Enjoy.

Monday
Oct292012

HVAC 360 - Episode 052 - Maintenance Access

In this special one-year anniversary of HVAC 360 I talk about the often neglected aspect of maintenance access. Through the life of the building this is ultimately going to make or break the building design.  No amount of high-tech equipment will protect your building over it's life than the ability for the operations staff to properly take care of it.  Hope you take something away from this episode and if you do please share it.  

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Monday
Sep102012

HVAC 360 - Episode 051 - Onset Computer Corporation

This week on HVAC 360 I will talking with Matt Rivers of Onset Computer Corporation.  If you're not familiar with Onset they are a company probably familiar to most as the people who make the HOBO dataloggers.  These are great devices for acquiring information about equipment operation and space conditions independent of a centralized building automation system.  I caught up with them at the 2012 AHR Expo in Chicago to find out what is new and get more details.  Hope you like the episode, and if you do, pass it along.

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Friday
Sep072012

HVAC 360 - Episode 050 - COMNET

This week on HVAC 360, I talk with Charles Eley about COMNET.  There has always been an issue in our industry with Load Calculations being more of an art then a science, in so much that you could have two different results from two different engineers modeling the same building!  COMNET focuses on eliminating that so that owners and design teams alike will know that for a given building design there will be a single load profile.  Hope you like this episode and it you do, share it.

Links for more information:

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Monday
Jul232012

HVAC 360 - Episode 049 - Duct Leakage Testing

This week on HVAC 360, I talk to Mark Terzigni, a project manager at SMACNA who talks this week about Duct Leakage, System Leakage, Duct Construction, and How to test it. There is a lot of information going on in this episode so I hope you like it.  If you do then pass it on.

Or if you would like to save this directly to your computer you can Download the Episode Here! Just right-click on the link and save to your desktop.

Monday
Jul232012

HVAC 360 - Episode 048 - HVAC Refrigerants

This week on HVAC 360 you'll get your primer on HVAC Refrigerants.  Ever wondered what happened to R-11? What is in store for 407C? How about using a natural refrigerant on your next project? If these topics peak your interest then tune while I chat with Dr. Eckhard Groll of Purdue University on a topic that he's really passionate about.  If this episode is of interest to you please feel free to pass it on.

 

 Here are some links that are relevant to the topic:

The Montreal Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol

There are also a number of ASHRAE Position Documents related to refrigerants:

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Friday
Jun292012

HVAC 360 - Episode 047 - Document Management and Discovery

       

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Thursday
Jun212012

HVAC 360 - Episode 046 - Air Pressure Switches

This week on HVAC 360 I talk about Air Pressure Switches. I thought that that was a great title but in searching for what I really meant I found Differential Static Airflow Switches.  This is a better title but I will go with the flow. These are simple control safety cut-outs on the air-side of HVAC system to signal High and Low Static Pressure limits and are sometimes used as dirty filter switches. Ultimately, if it does it's job right, it will cut the power to air-handling units prior to the unit damaging itself or the attached ductwork.  I hope you get something out of the episode and if you do please share it with someone else that you know.

For more information you can check out the following pdf's:

Powers - Differential Static Airflow Switches

Greystone - Differential Static Airflow Switches

 

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Sunday
Apr292012

HVAC 360 - Episode 045 - OPR and CFR

The week we talk about the OPR or Owner's Project Requirements and the CFR, the Current Facility Requirements.  Ultimately they are two side to the same coin, what a owner needs and wants from their facility.  It is a buildings playbook, how it is intended to be used and operated.  Most people would associate the OPR with being something that is found and required by LEED under the commissioning section.  Although this is true, I feel that this document is more than that.  An OPR is a documented plan on how to meet and exceed an owner's expectations.  Is this not the goal for most service organizations anyway?  Why would you not make this a standard practice on every project regardless of size?  It just makes too much sense to me.  Let me know what you think or if I missed the boat on something.  If you like what you hear pass it on.

Or if you would like to save this directly to your computer you can Download the Episode Here! Just right-click on the link and save to your desktop.

Saturday
Apr212012

HVAC 360 - Episode 044 - BIM and Beyond

This week I talk about Building Information Modeling or BIM.  What once seemed liked a far fetched idea of drawing a virtual building is now reality and becoming more and more the standard of care for our industry.  There are still some big hurdles to cross when it comes to coordination but that may be a gold mine that can put those last few items together.  BIM is no longer for only the largest buildings and the most progressive owners, it has now trickled down to the everyday projects for those that have crossed the learning curve.  In this episode I talk about the different "dimensions" on BIM and how the industry is now envisioning the use of this tool, past the 3D virtual model component.  Take a listen, let me know if there is something that I missed or if it was worth it pass the episode on to a friend. 

Here are some of the links for more BIM information:

NIBS Whole Building Design Guide on BIM

Building Smart Alliance

Journal of Building Information Modeling

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Sunday
Apr082012

HVAC 360 - Episode 043 - Freezestats

Call them freezestats or low-temperature cut-outs or vapor-filled capillary tubes this week I am talking about the control devices that keep our water coils from freezing.  These little devices seem to cause a lot of issues so I thought that I would do a complete podcast episode regarding them.  I already have a blog post "A coils best friend" but some people, me included, perfer the audio format for our information.  So what are we going to cover in this episode?  We will talk about the pieces parts of the device, how it is SUPPOSED to be installed, and how the little thing operates.  I welcome any feedback on this one but I base this episdoe on quite a bit a experience and observations.  

If you don't want to trust me please take a look at the following sites/files:

Industrial Controls capillary tube information site

Powers Low-Temp Cut Out PDF file

IntecContols Low-Temp Cut Out PDF file

Johnson Control A11 Low-Temp Cut out PDF file

Or if you would like to save this directly to your computer you can Download the Episode Here! Just right-click on the link and save to your desktop.